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At least 17 dead in anti-government protests in Congo

Police and anti-government protesters clashed in Kinshasa. Credit: Reuters

At least 17 people have been killed during protests in the Congolese capital on Monday.

The dead include three police officers, with one witness telling Reuters they saw a crowd burning the body of an officer.

A march attended by thousands descended into violence as police and anti-government protesters clashed in Kinshasa.

Protesters are angry at what they see as an attempt by President Joseph Kabila to extend his tenure by plotting to delay elections scheduled for this November until next year, something his supporters deny.